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GSP urges motorist to use extra caution on holiday weekend

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 The Memorial Day holiday travel period begins this weekend and signals the beginning of the summer travel season. The 78-hour holiday travel period will begin Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and end at midnight on Memorial Day.

   During this period, Georgia State troopers will be enforcing speed limits, seat belt usage, and looking for impaired drivers.

Dolly’s #1 fan’s dream comes true

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Samantha Keith, who has spina bifida, holds the letter she wrote Dolly Parton and a picture of her with the super star, taken this past March. In her 27 years, Keith has undergone 58 surgeries as a result of her medical condition, including emergency surgery the week following the interview for this article.

 

For Samantha Keith there’s no Dolly Parton song that’s better than another. 

Each is equally as stunning and on constant rotation in the car, in the shower, during therapy sessions, and any other place she can finagle a way to listen. 

  For this girl, Dolly’s self-proclaimed #1 Fan, nothing could top meeting the country music legend in person - and back in March she was able to do just that. 

Jones wins re-election as commission chair

Incumbent Commission Chair Rob Jones handily won re-election Tuesday, making him the longest sitting top official in the modern history of this county.

Jones has previously won twice as sole commissioner and this marks twice as the commission chair. He defeated Bill Newton three of the times, including Tuesday where Jones took 2,384 votes to Newton’s 1,598.  Jones received 60 percent of the votes cast.

Following the outcome, Jones said “his job” is what he credits for his long popularity with voters. He said he has always worked hard for the county and treated everyone fairly and he believed that voters recognize that.

Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Jasper

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Memorial Day is a day our country has set aside as a holiday to remember all who gave their lives so that our great nation could continue to shine as a beacon of freedom, and all Americans could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty. 

“On this day we should reaffirm the values that these men and women fought for that made this nation great.” 

These words were written by a member of Marine Corps League Det. #1280, one of the organizers of this year’s memorial day ceremony to be held at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens on Highway 53 in Jasper, across the street from McDonald’s (Please note that Google maps will not give you the correct address if you are planning to attend). 

Duncan resigns as Chamber president

 

Search underway for replacement

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     Statement from Pickens County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors - Denise Duncan resigned as President of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce effective Friday, May 20, 2016. The Board of Directors would like to express our appreciation for Denise's service to the Chamber, its members, and our community and we wish her well in her future endeavors. Members of the board will work with current staff on an interim basis to handle the day-to-day operations and to ensure that members’ needs are being met. A committee will be formed to begin a search to fill this position. We ask for the patience and the support of our members during this transition, and we pledge to take this opportunity to make the Chamber developed by Denise's leadership even better.